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Old 15th Mar 2019, 00:12
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Iíve always found the BA recruitment process a little bit strange tbh. Very set in their ways, I feel there is no scope for example saying ďwell he didnít have the best interview, but he seems like a nice guy so lets see how he gets on in the simĒ.

I remember running into a guy who was once in the holding pool for them, ended up drowning. Applied again and didnít get through the interview, seems to make little sense to me.

That said, my initial airline had an incredibly long winded recruitment process and I saw loads of good guys get canned during that process also. I think like most things, if comes down to how you feel on that particular day and a large degree of luck of the draw in relation to interviewers and sim checkers etc.
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Old 15th Mar 2019, 02:42
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So do we think they will improve the T&Cís or just lower the standards? Answers on a postcard to Waterside......
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Old 15th Mar 2019, 04:46
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Originally Posted by red9 View Post
14 leaving to KLM - another 6 awaiting sim assessment
8 this month to Easy
No shows at interviews
`Unable to fill slots......
People are beginning to smell the coffee........
can I ask where you get this info from? I can only see a total of 7 people leaving this month of which 3 are retirees.
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Old 15th Mar 2019, 08:30
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I personally know 4 whom have left BA to KLM. With me being nr 5 in June. I have the feeling there are more than that. Looking at iBid there are a fair few Dutch names leaving
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Old 15th Mar 2019, 17:54
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Good for them I say.
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Old 15th Mar 2019, 18:12
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Speaking from my own personal experience, the Tís & Cís on offer at BA, along with the Ďfringe benefitsí far outweigh that of my previous employer.

So for some of us, the move is definitely a positive.

Just my two cents though.
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Old 15th Mar 2019, 18:26
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Ibid does not show everyone who's leaving. It does not show RT on my roster and did not happen to my mate who left last November. I would say 20 guys/girls leaving for KLM is probably pretty close.
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Old 15th Mar 2019, 19:22
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Struggling with the accuracy description of a “mediocre” pension too, tell me where you’re going to find better in the UK now given that pretty much all final salary schemes are now closed in all industries, not just ours? In that context, it’s actually pretty decent.
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Old 15th Mar 2019, 19:32
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Originally Posted by RexBanner View Post
Struggling with the accuracy description of a ďmediocreĒ pension too, tell me where youíre going to find better in the UK now given that pretty much all final salary schemes are now closed in all industries, not just ours? In that context, itís actually pretty decent.
VS and pre 2015 TCX for a start, granted the later no longer available to new joiners.

I do take your point, ďmediocreĒ is perhaps a little flippant but for somebody leaving either of the above, as but two examples, itís a definite backward step and probably not industry leading if you already have your feet under the table elsewhere. But yes, I would agree fairly decent in this day and age in the context of UK airlines.

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Old 16th Mar 2019, 08:56
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Virgin has exactly the same company contribution as the new BA scheme so its on par not better. Not only that but they (VS) want to remove this benefit to new joiners. Thomas Cook as you said not available any more either, so whatever you think of the BA pension, you’re not going to find anything better as a new joiner anywhere nowadays. I do take your other points though, BA isn’t for everyone, I’ve wrestled with the decision whether to leave myself over the last few months, I’m staying put and the only reason for that is Long Haul. Short Haul (whilst I’ve already said it’s not as bad as many make out on here) there are better options out there nowadays.
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Old 16th Mar 2019, 12:39
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Virgin hasn't removed anything for new joiners!
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Old 16th Mar 2019, 13:29
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Originally Posted by A320baby View Post
Virgin hasn't removed anything for new joiners!

He didnít say that they had.
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Old 16th Mar 2019, 13:45
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Originally Posted by RexBanner View Post
Virgin has exactly the same company contribution as the new BA scheme so its on par not better. Not only that but they (VS) want to remove this benefit to new joiners. Thomas Cook as you said not available any more either, so whatever you think of the BA pension, youíre not going to find anything better as a new joiner anywhere nowadays. I do take your other points though, BA isnít for everyone, Iíve wrestled with the decision whether to leave myself over the last few months, Iím staying put and the only reason for that is Long Haul. Short Haul (whilst Iíve already said itís not as bad as many make out on here) there are better options out there nowadays.
It is marginally better because it includes Flying Pay in the 15% calculation. The reduction in joining pension was suggested but soundly rejected by the current workforce, something which would definitely not happen in BA!
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Old 16th Mar 2019, 14:18
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Ok I'll rephrase, Virgin hasn't and won't be changing anything regarding pension for new joiners!
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Old 16th Mar 2019, 17:23
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Originally Posted by rossbaku View Post
Speaking from my own personal experience, the Tís & Cís on offer at BA, along with the Ďfringe benefitsí far outweigh that of my previous employer.

So for some of us, the move is definitely a positive.

Just my two cents though.
What sort of fringe benefits are there exactly?
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Old 16th Mar 2019, 17:32
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wearing a Hat ? .......
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Old 16th Mar 2019, 18:54
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Sorry if this is not strictly on the topic but has anyone any idea how long the swim is in the BACF hold pool? Any chaps or chapesses on here in this pool? The recruitment process was the exact same as the DEP and done at waterside, just thought i'd ask here...
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Old 17th Mar 2019, 10:27
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Originally Posted by Justanothervoice View Post
Hi everyone. Managed to work my way through the last two years of this thread and got a lot of answers but if someone could help me out with just a couple of questions I would be very grateful.....


Commuter Specific:
  • Do people literally set up shop in London for 21 days of reserve?
  • Any hope of getting home between trips while on reserve if on LH?
  • Given the apparent crack down, are commuters still finding they can commute and still maintain a sustainable lifestyle?
  • Is there a minimum number of days off between trips?
  • In terms of practicality, can staff travel be used for commuting?
New rostering system:
  • Is it still possible to swap duties to get some sort of favourable roster?
  • As a commuter would you stand any chance of binning your standbys for a flying duty to save a possible wasted trip?
Scatter gun reply whilst you wait for a junior pilot to reply:

Firstly for those that are wondering about the specifics - Reserve period (Long Haul) is a 28 day block, first 7 days clear of work then 21 available days during which you can be assigned a duty, either flying or a "Home Standby" (HSB). You normally get notified of a trip or HSB the evening before the duty and when on HSB the requirement is to be able to get to the Crew car Park at LHR in two hours or less. You can be assigned HSB's on multiple consecutive days...FWIW first 6 days of the period HSB on the trot for me last time around, then, finally, some trips...

Whether you have to live at LHR for the reserve block depends on timings and frequency of commuting flights. The reason for the "depends" is that on Longhaul reserve the general rule is (with the exception of the day of return from a trip) you are "contactable" in an evening for duties the next day ( e.g. flights or a stand-by block)...So you can get a phone call as late as 2000 UK LT informing you of a trip/ standby period the next AM and because of that many Longhaul commuters I know of plan on living around LHR/LGW for the 21 days and grab days off at home as a bonus.

Getting home after a trip on reserve? You are free on the day of arrival back into London (day 1) so you could nip home, but (FTLs allowing) you are then "contactable" the next evening (of day 2) for a duty AM next day (day 3).....it's a personal preference thing.

Plenty still commuting, but the company will still audit. Lifetsyle probably depends on number of trips per-month, gap between trips.

Min time between trips? Driven by bidding and FTLs now, whether you are willing to waive Industrial agreements to pack the work in/get enough work on your line to reach the hours target...You could probably plan on 2 days (3 local nights, longer for some trips with big time zone change elements) but it might suit you to reduce when bidding...

Can staff travel be used for commuting? ATM yes, but watch out trying to commute from somewhere with lots of more senior commuters and not many flights. Other option is slightly (and I means slightly) discounted commercial tickets ("hotlines").

Swapping trips in the general scheme of things when not on reserve is still possible when legal.

Swapping standbys ( when on reserve) with a trip is v tricky...You can tell "crewing" perhaps at the start of the Reserve period that you would prefer trips to standby's, but they are meant to equalise trips and standbys across all those on reserve. Once you actually get nobbled (the evening before) with a standby period for the next day crewing will have run their plan and are unlikely to want to change it...and they do like to keep their standby's intact "just in case".


General Lifestyle on LH fleet:
  • Do BA have a sensible approach to 3 and 4 person crews on long sectors to at least mitigate some fatigue?
Examples - East coast states and a bit further ( up to and including ORD, sometimes even MIA) 2 pilot, the Gulf, Central Africa (LOS, ABV) 2 pilot...other extreme such as SIN/EZE is 4 pilot, stuff in between generally 3 pilot.

HTH

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Old 17th Mar 2019, 13:10
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It is marginally better because it includes Flying Pay in the 15% calculation. The reduction in joining pension was suggested but soundly rejected by the current workforce, something which would definitely not happen in BA!
BA Pension contributions are based on a seperate 'Pensionable pay' payscale however, which for me is nominally £12k higher than my basic pay.
I'd suggest that the current BA workforce are pretty united at the moment though, given the most recent ballot!
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Old 17th Mar 2019, 14:54
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Originally Posted by Stocious View Post
BA Pension contributions are based on a seperate 'Pensionable pay' payscale however, which for me is nominally £12k higher than my basic pay.
I'd suggest that the current BA workforce are pretty united at the moment though, given the most recent ballot!
PP1 Ďpensionable payí from the current MoA is £57403 under BARP (what a new joiner will get). Year 1 at Virgin is £77000.

The fact that there are 3 different pension schemes and 2 different salary scales in the company suggests something other than a united workforce. Thatís before we start talking about JSS and the differences thatís created between the most junior and the most senior.
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